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29 février 2016 1 29 /02 /février /2016 13:48

Listening task:

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26 février 2016 5 26 /02 /février /2016 10:49

Here are the documents we will work on today.

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27 janvier 2016 3 27 /01 /janvier /2016 14:38

Have a look at this video and pay attention to how the journalist speaks during the voiced over parts.

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5 janvier 2016 2 05 /01 /janvier /2016 10:44

Here is a song by Stevie Wonder that illustrates some of the aspects seen in the unit:




You should have the lyrics to fill to complete the activity and some comprehension questions. Funky!


The Civil Rights Movement inspired a lot of artists and in turn these songs inspired people to act.

Here is a selection of songs: use the comments section to say which you prefered AND why the lyrics illustrate the period (what the chorus means for example, or why the choice of title?)










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25 novembre 2015 3 25 /11 /novembre /2015 10:56

This is how the Jazz Scene was adapted in the film version of On The Road

How does it compare with the book in your opinion?

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24 novembre 2015 2 24 /11 /novembre /2015 09:00

This is the video link from youtube that I played in class the other day. You'll find loads of others on Youtube. This one is interesting because you can really hear how his prose was designed to be read aloud; his voice, the rhythm and the intonation he uses almost make him sound like a jazz instrument!

Listen to the speed at which he is reading; it's not too fast. Listen also for the strong syllables, how it creates a beat.

This should be starting point of our "On The Road Reading" oral project.



Here are some videos to train yourself to read the text aloud; decide which best corresponds to the mood of the passage. For a more reflexive scene with little action you might prefer a slower soundtrack but for a more "active" scene with more people involved you want something faster. Here are the soundtracks you will be reading along to : 








Y Desdevises







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23 novembre 2015 1 23 /11 /novembre /2015 12:34
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17 novembre 2015 2 17 /11 /novembre /2015 13:05

Watch the following trailers

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11 octobre 2015 7 11 /10 /octobre /2015 15:20

Hello good people!

Well, here I am, with my back totally stuck, waiting to hear if I'm going to be operated on or not. Not a pretty sight, I tell you. Very sorry about this absence, it's the first time, and hopefully the last it happens to me!

Anyway, I can't leave you with 4 hours and a half of empty lessons and nothing to do in the holidays. So here is what I would like you to do:

In "English", things are moving pretty well with our photography project. I've got an English-speaking photographer and English teacher who is probably going to come and explain to us some of the basic portrait techniques with one camera per group of 3 students: we have 10 cameras that we can use and experiment with, it will be fun! This will happen just after the holidays. Yet, for the moment, I would like you to get used to different photographers, get used to classic photos, classic standards. So here is what you will have to do.

  1. In groups of 4 (and one group of 3) I would like you to prepare a poster on one of these photographers:

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Robert Capa

Vivian Maier

Elliott Erwitt

Yousuf Karsh

Jacques Henry Lartigue

Annie Leibovitz

Steve Mc Curry

Hendrick Kirsterns

HDR photography (not a photographer but a technique used by many photographers)

Choose 1 photographer before the end of Tuesday, say who is in your group and which photographer you have chosen. ONLY ONE POSTER PER PHOTOGRAPHER. Then print between 5 and 7 photos (either at home or at school, don't make them too small), place them on the poster and write 5 words or expressions that best define your impressions of his/her work (dream/humour/poetry/speed/timing/travelling/composition...) bewteen the photos. The idea is that everybody in the class gets inspiration from the best photographers by displaying them in the classroom. You will find empty posters on the desk next to the computer in the classroom.

So, before Tuesday, choose your group, choose your photographer and USE THE COMMENT Section below this article to inform me and the rest of the class of your choice. Then make your poster ready for FRIDAY 16th to display it in the classroom in the morning. Yes, I know there are more photographers than groups, to allow you to choose one you like.

2. I would also like everybody to finish their description of the photos, which you started on the blog ("award winning photos"). For this, you can copy the comment you have already posted and finish it in another comment. I would like you to do this before WEDNESDAY 14th October.

3. In "LELE" I would like you to post the portrait you have written, using the COMMENTS of the blog, so I can see if you have acquired the technique to make them. Remember, they are short, with lots of adjectives and you can make your own words ("howareyou smiles") and be creative with comparisons for example, or pick out one or two aspects of their appearance which says a lot about them. I would like you to do this before Wednesday 14th October.

Any question you can email me: mrdesdevises@hotmail.fr or post a comment under the article.

Have fun!

Y Desdevises

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5 octobre 2015 1 05 /10 /octobre /2015 11:36

Listen to this woman saying how she feels about photojournalism and answer the questions below:



1-Find 4 words that express her disagreement:

•                                  •                                              •                                              •



2- Find 3 things she objects to photojournalism


3- According to her what should happen in terms of copyright?


4- Still according to her, what happens really?


5- fill the gap in the following extract of the document:


            37’00 “It’s also __________      _______________  for newspapers to then publish these photos, I mean, this isn’t Art, this is, this is ____________ , this is a ___________ and it’s totally _____________ that you can imagine people in a gallery or an exhibition sipping champagne and talking about the ___________ ___________ of _________ a photo” 


6- What could you object to this point of view?

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